Rebecca actively contributes to the jewellery and craft professions throughout the UK. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ), she is able to network, debate and converse with some of the UK’s leading jewellers. The ACJ is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery. Rebecca has built up the Association’s online profile by setting up and continually updating five Network pages as well as contributing regularly by writing articles to the recent Findings publication.
As a former member of the executive committee for the Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain Rebecca contributed to the Associations aims, in 2015 this included running an all day event called Engraving for All with UK and international talks and all day workshop activities. The aim of the Association is to reignite an interest and understanding of this rich and diverse skill by raising the profile of hand engraving, education and training.
Rebecca has joined the board of trustees at Farnham Maltings. Farnham Maltings is a cultural organisation, based in South West Surrey, that exists to encourage the people of Farnham and further afield to participate in, shape and understand the world in which we live. The Trust believe that by being actively creative, connecting with others and articulating new ideas we will foster a happier, healthier and more inclusive set of communities.
Rebecca has also been part of this year’s Craft Council Hothouse programme, taking part in the selection process of applicants, for the 2019 Participants.
As a founder member of the Jewellers and Silversmiths Network Rebecca took the leading role in applying for and winning funding in 2010 to undertake an exchange and run a symposium. The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) is a group run by its members for its members with the aim of getting to know other makers. As members we enable the group to take advantage of or create opportunities that would not be available to us as individuals. We are a group that regularly exchanges useful information and skills and exhibits as a group allowing people to appreciate and purchase our work.
Rebecca was a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. The New Ashgate Gallery is a non-profit educational charity, which promotes contemporary visual arts and crafts to as wide a public as possible. This is achieved through a programme of changing exhibitions, projects with artists, makers, projects of support and development delivered by the trust with local, national and international partnerships and educational events. Rebecca still regularly works with the Director of the New Ashgate Gallery to set up an annual Rising Stars symposium and exhibition event, building on the success each year.
Rebecca has also organised and managed the 2018 Farnham Craft Month for Craft Town England, gathering and coordinating local organisations to put on special events during October to celebrate Craft Town England.
Rebecca is an advisory board member working closely with Surrey Hills Arts advising and promoting Surrey Hills outstanding landscape and its unique natural, cultural and industrial heritage through the arts.
Rebecca keeps in good contact with the Goldsmiths Centre, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Weston Beamor, British Art Medal Association, the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, Surrey Hills Arts as well as other organisations that have contributed to competitions, commissioning and funding student activities across postgraduate and undergraduate courses.
As part of her current role Rebecca is part of the Teaching and Learning Working group that undertakes a variety of roles from developing the University’s staff and student teaching resources to developing and writing University policies and procedures.
Collaborative partnerships are undertaken and cross-disciplinary activities within the University, for example working closely with the Widening Participation team on Widening Participation Stars Workshops for disadvantaged children, teachers’ days and special events. This helps recruitment for the course, widens locals’ awareness of events within the University and encourages the younger generation to consider Arts and Crafts for their future careers.
Mentoring as part of programmes or unofficially has been ongoing for many years, mentoring PGC students, new members of staff and small businesses. Rebecca was also a mentor for the 2017 Hothouse Programme.